Still Lives Hiding in Plain Sight

After the first few persimmons of the winter, I realized I had discovered a new material for unexpected still-lives: not only the deep orange fruit itself, lined up to ripen on my counter, but the flower-like stems became a wonder I found myself throwing into a bowl: ad hoc collection that looked like an exotic dogwood flower.

They are just one of a number of items we pare and throw away that if you look closely are little miracles of beauty.

Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider

All the instructions I read for cutting a persimmon said to cut them lengthwise through the stems. If you do that, you miss the most wondrous part: the star pattern that permeates the fruit’s very center: a tiny cosmos…

Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider

…But it was that wondrous stem, swirled with subtle colors…

Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider

…that formed my odd collection…

Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider

They replaced the cracked duck egg shells I kept in a horn bowl for several months, their soft mottled gray lovely to look at…

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…or the odd egg found in the woods or farmer’s market…more exotic than duck or chicken…the shell wonderful to look at…

Tessa Traeger

Tessa Traeger

Anka Gray uses egg shells as an art material…

Anka Gray

Anka Gray

The shells and the persimmon stems remind me of the wishbones Maria Robledo photographed in the hopes of getting people to contribute to the Wishbone Project, a monumental artwork her husband Holton Rower hopes to make.

Maria Robledo

Maria Robledo

She made endless compositions of the elemental forms (the unromantic leftovers from many roast chickens)

Maria Robledo

Maria Robledo

Maria Robledo

Maria Robledo

Maria Robledo

Maria Robledo

Maria Robledo

Maria Robledo

2 Responses to Still Lives Hiding in Plain Sight

  1. maria robledo 03.01.2016 at 4:55pm #

    beautiful, sally

  2. Sally Schneider 03.02.2016 at 12:39pm #

    Over many years your work has shown me the beauty in the everyday and taken-for-granted. It’s all over your wonderful instagram. Constant surprise and amazement.

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